Archives for November 2011

holiday cards


It feels like Christmas is tomorrow.  I don’t know where the time goes.  It’s holiday card time and I’m aiming to get one out this year.  If I can’t pull it off it’ll be Valentines from the Powells again.

If you can’t seem to get your act together either… maybe this will help.

Our friend Megan at Toast and Laurel has offered an awesome giveaway.  It basically takes all the stress out of of getting your act together!

One lucky winner will receive….


Holiday Suite from Toast & Laurel’s 2011 Holiday Collection

  • 75 holiday photo cards (with blank white european flap envelopes)
  • 24 gift tags
  • 1 return address rubber stamp



The winner will choose the design (you can see all 12 designs HERE and HERE) and be able to personalize each item (the card with their favorite photo & text, the tags with a holiday greeting, and the stamp with their address).  The cards and tags are both printed on a premium 120 lb. bright white card stock.




To be eligible to win leave us a comment and let us know the worst (or most random) gift you’ve ever received!  If you are afraid you might get busted you can use an alias name in our comment form, just be sure to use a legitimate email address so we can track you down.

It’s been about twenty years, but one Christmas my mother bought my 8 year old (male) cousin a pair of slippers… thankfully the camcorder was rolling when he opened the box.   He took one look at them and said, “I think I’m going to kill myself!”

And a few years ago my dad had someone at work give him a pack of these. He thought it was a joke, it wasn’t.


If you’ve never  been on the receiving end of a random holiday gift then you can leave a comment and let us know… do you like eggnog?  



momm and SCP


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Sloane’s skirt was one of the goodies she scored from Joules, the fuscia zipper up the back (next photo) is my favorite detail…
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lemon tree bound

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So much to be grateful for this year, a house full of healthy and happy family tops my list.  What a treat it was to host Thanksgiving dinner!!


Last week, pre-Thanksgiving, was busy as we had a photoshoot at Marla’s house.  It was such a pleasure working with the folks from Better Homes and Gardens again… Paige Porter Fischer and Michael Walters (both of whom were involved in the makings of my story earlier this year) make a photoshoot feel easy and laid-back.  Or maybe that was the muscle relaxers?


Behind that big ole wooden bowl is the makings of a baby bump.  Marla is due in April with a baby girl… pretty darn excited for her, even if she was quite surprised!  She has a very healthy food blog now, have I mentioned it before?  Left on Amelia.  Her no-bake Chocolate Oat Bars are to die for. More on the story once it’s published, promise.


it’s Sunday and I have a minute to blog


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Our friends got chickens, I believe I’ve told you this already.  Chance was elated because they are within walking distance of our home and we aren’t responsible for cleaning up any chicken poop.  We get the pleasure of visiting the girls and.. ahem, boys.  That’s right.  Two accidental roosters in their mix.  Anyway, I’ve been crowned fairy godmother and I am very proud.  (Just for the record, I still think we need a few chickens of our own.)  My friend asked me to do a little fairy godmothering this weekend while they were going to be out of town.  You know, check on the chickens.  Sloane and I bundled up ran over this morning to check on the birds.  She was in heaven, until she realized they weren’t too interested in her.

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My girl is much like her Momma.  She got distracted playing farmer and decided to try her hand at a little decorating.  Perhaps it was that she knew these cushions were covered in Scalamandre.  😉

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She worked so hard aligning her cushions she collapsed when she completed her task.  I doubt we’ll be getting a call from Scalamandre’s marketing dept requesting rights to these photos, this is probably the first time their fabric has been paired with astroturf.

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There are not words to express my love for that girl.  We have spent so much quality time together this week, and while it’s a lot of work and exhausting work, it’s so very rewarding.

As we were leaving she spotted this contraption… and  I had to bribe her.  These friends who have the chickens are also the friends who introduced me to the hydroponic garden system.  Theirs is just a little bigger than mine!  😉


Someone may ask… Sloaney’s jacket is Lands End from last year, her boots are OshKosh.  The moose hat is from Target.

While we are talking about clothes, let’s talk about Joules. Joules is based in London, but a client of ours in Boston is responsible for sales/marketing in the US… and that’s from memory, I could totally be wrong on exactly what she does for the company, but I do know one thing for sure… she is very generous.  After we posted that we were madly in love with their sweatshirts she emailed asking for our sizes.  Last week a big ole box of goodies arrived.  It was like Christmas.  Thank you, Marie!!!!!  This is a terrible iphone picture… but you get the idea.


Sloane really scored.  The goodies for her made my heart skip a beat.  This very Auburn-y tunic top/dress is about the cutest thing I have ever seen.  And you fellow Auburn people who are reading need to hurry and scoop this dress up- it’s on CLEARANCE now!  It runs small.  Sloane is a 2T and hers is a size “3” and fits perfectly, so order up a size.  I attempted to photograph her in it yesterday, but she wasn’t exactly in the mood for pictures…

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Have you seen me this weekend?  If you have, you saw me in this… I put it on Friday night and here it is Sunday afternoon and I’m still wearing it.  Did I sleep in it last night?  Hmmm…. perhaps.  I usually wear an XS, and mine is a UK size 8, fits perfectly.
SWEATSHIRTSo now I can really vouch for Joules… their stuff is fantastic!  I just need those orange ugg slippers to complete my weekend uniform and I’m set until Spring.  But wait, it rains here a lot in the winter so I’d need a back up for the Uggs.  I believe that the other boots in my closet would be delighted to welcome these guys to the crowd…

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